The Holidays in Columbia SC

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The holiday season has officially returned to Columbia, SC and there’s no better way to spend it than quality time with family, friends, and all loved ones. Luckily, around here there’s no shortage of winter celebrations and sights to get you in the spirit and spread holiday cheer.

The kids will be entertained and on their best behavior for Mr. Claus at Riverbanks Zoo Lights before Christmas. Here, you can explore the animal exhibits after dark and see thousands of lights celebrating the season. Don’t worry if the wildlife is asleep, they’ve set up giant illuminated animal lanterns for viewing. Ride the gingerbread express, have some hot cocoa and swing by Santa’s Village. See all the lights and decked out trees around town in the Vista, the State House, and even Segra Park, here they’re hosting the first ever Fireflies Holiday Lights.

Bring your friends and head to Santa’s Pub at Publico Kitchen + Tap, indulge in their holiday themed cocktail list and sip on classic flavors from cranberry to gingerbread. Pair your perfect Christmas cookie to the best beer at the River Rat Christmas Cookie Beer Pairing and ugly Christmas sweater competition, because naughty or nice, you deserve to treat yourself around the holidays.

This is just a sampling of the many festive events coming your way. Visit for all holiday celebrations.